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trying to get in zcheznia trying to find the next einstein >> reporter: i will be here with all the day's sports. including the quarter final for the champion league as chelsea crash out of the tournament. top stories so far today. the european refugee crisis has claimed more lives. five people including a baby have drowned as their boat capsized whilst they were trying to make the dangerous crossing from turkey to greece. this latest tragedy as with so many others will be on the mind of european union interior ministers who are meeting in brussels. topping the agenda the proposal to return refugees en masse to
turkey. also to close borders to refugees which has created the situation here right now today. thousands of people stuck on the greek macedonian border where conditions have been described as deplorable. take you live to our correspondent who is on that border crossing. >> reporter: yes. conditions are absolutely squalid and deplorable here. behind me there are empty spots that you say because some tents were sinking into the mud and they're now pitching them between the tracks on the gravel. this is the best solution they have at the moment. i have to say that these people had a little bit of hope. it is all ungone. if people were trying to remain positive it's also all but gone. i've seen mothers crying, people absolutely exhausted, not being able to hold it together any
more. a saw a father shivering telling me "i can't protect my daughter. i don't know what to do". they don't know for how long they will be there. they have come to terms with the idea that the borders are now closed and there is no sign of them opening, but then the next question is how long are they going to stay in this extremely difficult living conditions. joining me is this 17-year-old. she has been here for 18 days now. you're travelling with your family and your youngster. it must have been extremely difficult so far >> yes. we have been here for 18 days. the condition here is too bad. we are very exhausted but we don't have a home to live. you can see our tents. we are sinking in the mud, in the rain. like there is no hope for us. we are so frustrated and
disappointed. we came here because we thought europe would help us because it's a humanitarian country but we can't see anything from it. we came from syria because there was so much war. we lost our house there. so then we decided to came here but there is no hope for us to go to germany or something. we just want to - they make us stuck here. we don't know what to do. >> reporter: your little sister how old is she? >> two years old. >> reporter: it must be very difficult former. what do you explain to her about what is going on, she is soaked on the floor. what do you tell her? >> i don't know. she is always crying. it is too bad conditions for her circumstance. we don't have medicine to her, to give her. i don't know what to say. i don't know what to say. my dad doesn't know what to say
for us. he wants to protect us and my mum wants to protect us. we were in syria, the country of the war, it is so, too difficult war. we came here, like we knew we will be protected here, we will be safe, but there's no safe here. you can see there is so many disease in here. there is no food. there is no water. there is nothing here. >> reporter: you didn't expect europe to be like this from what i understand. >> yes. for sure. i didn't expect it at all like this. >> reporter: now the border is closed, many people stay here hoping that something will change, but there's no sign of that at the moment. what are your options? what is your family going to do? what are you going to do to get out of here? >> actually, we don't know.
they told us you can go to the u.n. and apply for relocation program, but it's not a good option actually. you have to go to, you don't know where you will go. we wanted to go to germany because my dad knows a lot of germans. my brother is there, but we don't want to go down other country. we have to wait too much for six months or seven months or even a year. the second option is stay in greece, like refugees, but it is also not an option for us. we didn't expect that at all. >> reporter: no matter how long, what option you take, whether it's relocation or asking for asylum here, you will receive some financial aid, but not too much. when you left syria you probably
had a budget to take you to your designation. if you had to stay here in the camp for several months until your situation is solved, how can your family survive? >> i don't know. we have paid so much to get here. we are not sure. we paid for the boat. we don't know what we would do. my father don't know what he would do. i don't know. we all don't know. why you open the door to the refugees to go and then you make us stuck. i don't know why you do this. you can see we are in a war. our situation is too bad. it's too bad. in my city, aleppo, two
buildings have fall down. do you know what does it mean? you don't know because you didn't see it. we saw it. we can stay here and wait until we have decided. we don't know what we should do. why are you doing this for us. we are human beings too. it is europe. the country of humanity but we don't see anything from it. why you told us that you can come to europe, we will hold you, but look at this. >> reporter: thank you very much. this is a question that many refugees here have. why is this happening to them, why did the borders close without any preannouncement. why were they made to take that trip across the aegean sea. a very difficult one in winter and just to find that now the borders are slammed shut in their face. certainly a big issue.
as you heard her saying, this is what everybody is saying, what is going to happen to us now and why isn't anyone giving us some straight answers. i think that's one of the biggest issues e.u. ministers today discussing this idea of one in-one out. it occurs to me where you've been for so many weeks now, the system either doesn't work or the border is totally closed. in real terms, given your location, your vantage point, do you think that system of counting people off and on will actually succeed? >> reporter: i've discussed that many times with the refugees here. they were saying if there was a way for them to register in camps and they had the sureness that they would be able to reach our designation and leave those countries, we would have done
that without going through the smuggler work. they're skeptical that that would work. that plan does not concern the nearly 14,000 refugees already stranded in greece. according to the e.u. commission their situation is not part of that deal, but their situation is not solved yet thanks very much. thousands of those refugees are children fleeing war and persecution and travelling aalone. most are arriving through greece where the asylum system is struggling to support them. this report from the island of lesbos. >> reporter: these are some of the tens of thousands of children fleeing their homes from europe without family to protect them along the route. this house just one of two temporary shelters for unangle need minors on the island of lesbos as their home now. only the most vulnerable of the children are kept here. the rest are in highly guarded confinement centers that some call jail
>> mainly when they come here they're happy to have left the jail to be in a proper house with colors and toys and stuff like this. >> reporter: the children most of who are from afghanistan speak of walking hundreds of kilometers from their homes to the turkish coast, before making the crossing to lesbos. the number of unaccompanied children travelling to greece are slipping through the cracks >> they don't want to be identified. they say their adults because they feel it will slowdown their journey or they're with a guardian that they're with, who ask actually just a companion-- is actually just a companion. >> reporter: most choose to
leave for other european countries. necessity do so under-- they do is under pressure from smugglers and their parents. >> if the state wanted to do something to ensure that the children stayed, then they would ensure that the facilities were of a certain quality, they would ensure that there were social and - well, social and economic reasons for the children to stay, but at this point in time greece is not in a position to satisfy the needs of its own citizens >> reporter: aid agencies are warning that unaccompanied children are at risk of getting exploited and abused by traffickers >> the traffickers are doing three things with minors. the first is the trade of organs, the second is slavery and the third is sexual exploitation. >> reporter: the biggest challenge for social workers to
you is to convince the children to pursue legal options that will take months. greek lacks a formal guardianship system which encourages children to take matters into their own hands immigration reform was the main point of detention during the debate between the democratic hopefuls. >> reporter: the issue of immigration dominated the atdz debate between the democratic presidential candidate, hillary clinton, and bernie sanders argued they're the candidate that best represents the future for the millions of latinos already living in the states were trying to enter illegally >> i have been consistent and
committed to comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship. i think our best chance was in 2007. i voted for that bill. bernie sanders voted against it >> one of the great tragedy des of recent years is children came from honduras and i said welcome those children into this country. secretary clinton said send them back. >> reporter: the tone of the debate at times was tense as each candidate tried to score political points knowing in less than a week the state of florida will hold the presidential nominating context a large number of those will be latino >> in 2006 bernie sanders supported indefinite detention for people facing deportation and stood with the minute men vigilane $in their ridiculous absurd efforts to "hunt down"
immigrants no i do not support them. that is a horrific statement, an unfair statement to make. >> reporter: still there were questions of character in the debate that only clinton could answer, or chose not to answerment like her decision to use a private email server of secretary of state. it is a choice she apologised for but is still being investigated by the f.b.i. >> if you get indicted will you continue? >> i'm not going to answer that question. >> reporter: there were things that plagued hillary clinton over and over again. it is a challenge she will have to overcome in ultimately named the democratic presidential nominee in a general election plenty more still to come for you here on the news hour,
including korea threatens the assets of its southern neighbor. the low-key aid of aung san suu kyi who is expected to be myanmar's next president. >> reporter: i'm in greenland where the national football team is hoping f.i.f.a. will let them come in from the cold hundreds of bangladeshs have started a protest against power plants that they believe will harm the protected forest. our correspondent is with them. >> reporter: i'm in a bus that
is heading to the largest mangrove forest in the world. these protesters are heading to a 400 kilometers away to bring public awareness and per swaed the government to stop the construction of two major power plants next to the mangrove. they say it will hurt the ecology of the area and destroy the forest system eventually. the government are its side is adamant to go ahead with this project as construction has already started. the prime minister says there is no backing down from it. the country needs power and energy. they're adamant to go ahead with it. they said they have done all the assessment. it is perfectly safe, but the environmentalists is saying it is not the case. it will hurt one of the largest
mangroves and international hr stage site of the world and that the effect the ecology of the area fighters in new delhi. they are marking up rising day masked men have attacked foreign and local journalists and human rights activists in southern russia. they have been forced to leave their bus. the bus has set on fire. more from moscow. just walk us through what happened here. >> reporter: these journalists have been on a working tour really at the region for a number of days and they have been in an area which was
remembered for attacks on a school there. they're about to travel there when their bus was pulled over to the side of the road and 15 masked men set aabout them, pulled them off this minibus, beat them off, took some possessions and according to the journalists told them that they were not welcome there, not welcome there. they say this had been followed for at least a day by a car or two with country number plates. from what we hear the injuries that they sustained are not life threatening. i think the worst injury was sustained by the nowwegian journalist who had some stab wounds and some teeth were knocked out. a female swedish journalist had her nodes broken. the group accompanied them are a committee against torture. i have personal involvement with them. we have travelled with them
before at the end of 2014. they were coming under a significant amount of pressure there from unidentified masked men. it seems this proves once more how dangerous it can be still to be journalist and human rights activist in various parts of russian what kind of response has there been? >> it has caused a bit of a stir, this attack. the kremlin has just made some comments basically saying that this attack was outrageous and they've called it hooliganism, which was a word carefully chosen because it is the criminal case that has been opened one of hooliganism. that is slightly soft considering that numerous people were beaten up and property was destroyed as well. various rights groups calling for sort of protection of journalists have spoken out about this attack. the nowweigians have complained
to the russians and this afternoon in moscow there have been a number of one-man protests to protest this attack as well. the authorities have essentially said that this is nothing to do with them really, nothing to do with comments that have been made by the leader over the last few months which many people, journalists included, are saying have sort of stoked the feeling of tension in the region. he is basically saying that human rights activists and journalists of this type are enemies of the state and should be prosecuted thanks very much. israeli forces have arrested 30 palestinians during overnight raids following a surge in violence in israel and the occupied palestinian territories. in separate incidents four palestinians were shot dead by
israeli forces. >> reporter: a palestinian youth lies dead in the street in occupied east jerusalem. he was one of two palestinians who fired from their vehicle towards an israeli bus early on wednesday. the police gave chase and eventually the pair were shot dead by israeli officers. the authorities say they're not taking any chances. >> we can make arrests, we will. when we have to open fire and then make an arrest and apprehend the terrorist that's what we do. in certain where there's no choices and life-threatening circumstances to the public or police officers, we have to shoot and, if necessary, shoot and kill those terrorists. >> reporter: a short time later at a temporary check point in the occupied west bank another young palestinian was shot dead. israeli forces said 16-year-old had tried to stab officers. >> translation: this man was approaching the check point in his car. when we heard the shots, he was about ten metres away from the
soldiers. different soldiers arriving on the scene fired at him on the ground. they left him breeding for an hour. >> reporter: the whole town has gathered here to birchall the young palestinian, just one of many who have become martyr tos to the palestinian cause, but predicting the next incident is possible. tuesday sue renewed violence not just in the occupied territories but also in israel, including a palestinian youth carrying out several stabbings. he killed one american tourist before being shot dead. on wednesday as he discussed a new military aid package with president netanyahu, the up s vice president called it a heinous attack >> there can be no justification for this violence. the u.s. stand behind israel's right to defend itself as we are defending ourselves as this moment as well.
that's why we have done more to help bolster israel's defense in history. >> reporter: in the absence of meaningful negotiations between israelis and palestinians, few people expect the deaths on either side to end soon north korea says it will liquidate south korean assets on its territory and cancel all economic deals. the announcement was made after seoul imposed sanctions over pyongyang's missile test. >> reporter: this is a further deterioration in the relationship as though it could get any worse. the north koreans have announced that all economic agreements between north and south will now be invalid and that south korean assets in the north will be liquidated. this affects especially the industrial zone. this is a collaborative project whereby more than 100 companies
have assets in north korea employing some 50,000 workers there. this has been closed since last month. with this announcement the north koreans are saying that the asset there will be seized and liquidated representing several hundred million dollars worth of investment by south korean companies. also affected is the mountain resort. this is, again, another project just across to the border in north korea. a mountain resort set up mainly for south korean tourists to visit the north. this has been closed since 2008, but was occasionally used for reunions of family members, families separated by the korean war. as long as it still existed, then there was the hope that it could be reopened at some point in the future. that hope now seems to have gone. this announcement effectively brings to an end all economic cooperation between the two coreys aung san suu kyi many not be the next president of myanmar. one of her close aids is the faift for that top job.
she cannot become premier because her children have foreign passports, but efforts to change the constitution to allow her to take up that position are reportedly going to continue. >> reporter: this was another important step in myanmar's transition to democracy. members of parliament gathered in the capital to hand nominations for the next president. >> translation: i'm happy because the hope for our country starts here. hope for myanmar citizens starts from today too. that's why i'm excited. >> reporter: there was no sign of the woman whose has campaigned for this moment for decades. aung san suu kyi led her n.l.d. party to a big win in november's election. but under the military drafted constitution, she is barred from becoming president. negotiations to change the rules failed amid signs the political transition is not going smoothly. >> reporter: the next president
will come from the n.l.d. because it dominates both houses of parliament. the favorite is the lower house's nominee tinge cha, a low profile 6 the-year-old bho is a trusted loyal ally of the party leader. the n.l.d. hasn't given up hope of aung san suu kyi becoming president. it is believed there will be another push for constitutional amendment within the next year. but to achieve that relations with the military will need to improve significantly. whoever is elected by members of parliament next week will have to be someone who is happy to stand aside and allow aung san suu kyi to take over >> i think she will be president after the amendment of the constitution. we have to try to amend this constitution with full force. >> reporter: the military will also nominate a presidential candidate and the two unsuccessful nominees after the
vote will become vice presidents richard is here with the weather. we had thunder, lightning. we had sun though. >> reporter: the water runs off so quickly here. very often it has got nowhere to go. that was the prognosis we had across the region. rainfall totals were not that great, but the impacts certainly was. take these pictures coming from dubai. you can see typically the sort of thing you get, any underpass, it all tends to congregate and strong winds as well in excess of 120 kilometers her pour being recorded. here in qatar the weather has improved considerably, but across here we have some significant storms. over night 74 millimeters of rain come down. it's well over a year's worth of rain. that was typical for many places
that have experienced heavy down pours during the course of yesterday. the air of instability is across there. it is going to continue to give the threat of showers during the remainder of the day and perhaps even over night, but after that it should all quieten down. much things looking fiz, temperatures on the rise. that area of low pressure then moves across into around and away towards afghanistan and pakistan. here we're going to see some very heavy rain northwards into the himalayas thanks very much. still to come for you here a report from the middle eastern country hosting refugees for more than 40 countries. many of them say they've been forgotten. there will be some survivors of the devastating earthquake and tsunami five years on.
heritage site. mask episode men have attacked foreign and local journalists and human rights activists in southern russian. four people are now in hospital. the influx of refugees into greece continues as another 800 people were brought into the port. it follows the rival of 600 people from lesbos and chios on weaponed. another lot are expected to reach on thursday. the port city of athens have been over whelmed by refugees. 2,000 people are living in a temporary camp there. half a million refugees and hundreds of thousands of iraqis are living in jordan. that has been home for refugees who are struggling on a daily basis. some of the refugees say they have been forgotten. >> reporter: this man came here
three years ago to escape war in sudan. he traded danger for hardship. he and his wife and their six week old triplets live in a parking garage. she is 22. her 12 year old sister and 10 year old brother were killed in the fighting. here they rely on the kindness of neighbors for food. >> translation: sometimes we just eat one meal a day. at night they can't sleep because there is not enough milk. >> reporter: he was a university student in sudan. he can't legally work here. while the world food program offers little help to refugees, other refugees receive only occasional aid. >> translation: we couldn't stay in the area. i don't know where some of my family is. i left south sudan and came to jordan for protection. i asked first and made sure there was a u.n. office here to
protect us. >> reporter: he learned not to complain too much when jordan sent back more than 400 refugees to sudan in november. the deportations followed months of protests by some 3500 sudanese refugees in jordan. they set up a protest camp outside the u.n. refugee agency to demand more aid and resettlement to other countries. protests are illegal without a permit, returning refugees to where they fled from violates natural law. they say jordan ian jordanian p bussed and flew them back to sudan. some are believed to have been arrested. others have made their way to egypt. the u.n. refugee agency says it tried to stop the deportations, but jordan feels overwhelmed by the refugees. >> there's a war going on from
90 kilometers from where we're sitting at the moment. if you go to the east you've got iraq, to the west you've got palestine. it's a pretty tough neighborhood in which jordan is located. there's zero tolerance towards people who may be disruptive. >> reporter: he says as bad as it is here, it is better than sudan. refugees have also learned the hard way. there are limits to the sanctuary the former brazilian president has been charged in a money laundering claim. illicit money was used to finance his party. he was detained for questioning last week. he is accused of receiving payments and favours in exchange for contracts with brazil state-run oil company petrobras. he denies all the charges.
the president maduro has withdraws top diplomat. some of the action saying relate to the crackdown on anti-government protesters in 2014. vw top executive in america stepping down over the pollution scandal. the biggest car maker admitted it had installed software aimed at cheating emissions tests. michael horn has denied any previous knowledge of the software installed in over half a million vehicles. vw could end up paying tens of billions of dollars in damages and fines. justin trudeaux hopes to improve relation with u.s. will be the first canadian premier in 18 years to be honored with a state dinner.
>> reporter: canada and the u.s. are each other's largest trading partners. that's why there's such focus on justin trudeaux's visit here. he said he was going to press reset on a relationship that had frayed under his conservative predecessor mr harper, who wasn't able to get president obama's approval for the keystone xl pipeline. that is not likely to come up in washington now. it has gone away as an issue. what is likely to come up, the canada u.s. border. restrictions are costing canada money by some estimates 20 billion dollars a year for the enentire economy. he can be expected to bring that up. >> i think the prime minister has to be frank in ago the president how canada and the
u.s. can cooperate on security issues, fighting terrorism but still ensuring that business people and canadians and americans can cross the border. >> reporter: one potential irritant his decision to remove canada's war planes from anti i.s.i.l. efforts in syria and iraq. they have worked through that when they met at the apec summit in november. they showed a fairly warm personal relationship there, always crucial. also they need to keep in mind it is an election year, keep people on side and that means that canada is working on a strategy for president donald trump should he get elected illegal construction has been blamed for the collapse of a building in lagos. five people were killed and 13 rescued. the property's owner built more
floors than they had approval for. it came after heavy rain. thousands of workers at nigeria's state oil company nnpc are on strike to oppose moves to restructure the organization. refine reworkers and tanker drivers blocked roads stopping vehicles from entering on wednesday. the country's petroleum minister is willing to talk to the workers to end the strike. the search is on across africa to find and nurture the brightest minds on the continent. >> reporter: this man sees the world in numbers. he believes everything from the universe to the decisions fisherman take out in the ocean have an equation. he is an einstein fellow, one of the brightest mathematicians
here. >> what inspired me about einstein is his ability to try to have another way at looking at everything, not to say okay there say universal truce in a sense. >> reporter: the africa snult of scientists, top academics teach african students who can't afford to go to mit or harvard but are fight. this man grew up in a village with barely enough to eat and no electricity at home. he spent his childhood hungry staring at the sky. >> we are going to get better things, more incident and things come from here just wait and see.
>> reporter: the african academics behind this school have started a fellowship for students bright efforts that need to be highlighted. organisers of this forum seek to address what it calls research discrimination. they say there's much african research with plenty of things, but the work is often under valued and over looked just because it comes from the continent. 17 fellows as well as young researchers from across the continent are sharing their innovations with top policy makers, business leaders and academics. >> it is something the world of aids has totally over looked. one trillion dollars has been spent over the last few decades in aid to africa. almost none of it on generating expertise in africa to design and implement its own solutions. we've seen the consequence, solutions from outside don't
work. >> reporter: being an einstein fellow is an opportunity of being something bigger. he hopes his mathematical skills may some day unlock some of the deepest mysteries of this world and its untapped resources what do we think this forum can actually achieve? >> reporter: the idea here is to bring together the brightest minds of the african continent with people who they don't have a conversation with usually, which are donors, business leaders, policy makers, trying to get a debate going over the role of science and technology on the continent. this is the founder of the next einstein forum. one of the themes between these debates over the last few days is challenges and difficulties that scientists and researchers face here on the continent. why is it difficult for them? >> it is difficult for a number
of rens. first, a poor research infrastructure, equipment and lab. second, there's inadequate funding for research on the continent. thirdly, the non-conducive environment of making science on the continent. most importantly, fourth reason, flawed perception of africa. despite the challenges that we've been talking about, there are scientists in africa. you have seen them. they're doing great science. they're doing great research. they're making great work always but that unfortunately people don't think that great scientists come from africa. they have been made invisible by corruption and boko haram, by basic development needs. when news agencies come to africa is they're not interested in showcasing bright minds.
they're more interested in talk about boko haram in africa and corruption here. it is to put a spotlight on them to really showcase what african scientists have been doing to contribute to addressing the challenges that the continent is taking in what the world is facing. >> reporter: many face loss of challenges like food shortages, even electricity. given those circumstances how can you have science develop in this context? >> that's the point. it is because we have made development based on needs that africa is still lagging behind. development agencies have let africa down. they have stopped the progress
of africa. there have been aid. when you say you can only invest in basic education, that research is luxury, high education is luxury, there is not going to be development. there's nothing that is transformed by confining programs to basic needs. for africa to transform, we need space, we need astrony. >> reporter: a lot of challenges ahead and debates and hopefully the goal of this forum is to find the brightest minds that will change all of this for the continent coming up in the sports news, south africa's star battle man hits a car-- batsman hits a best. a best.
five years since the japanese earthquake and tsunam i that killed more than 18,000 people. harry fawcett met survivors to see how they're recovering >> reporter: this has become this man's life's work. he has been devoted to the nursery school helping to raise children. he helped rebuild the school on this hill side. the old one at the coast was swept away. not before he had checked that
every child and teacher had made it to safety. >> translation: all the hard work and hardship is rewarded by the children's smiles. they heal us >> reporter: healing has been necessary since the day of the disaster. he told his wife to stay at home and wait for him while he checked on the school but couldn't get back in time. he found her body a week later. a memory undimmed five years on. >> reporter: they stopped the heavy machinery. i saw her and held her in my arms: she was still intact. i screamed i'm sorry. i could barely speak. more than 1200 were killed, nearly two-thirds of the buildings destroyed. the town haul where 40 official $including the mayor lost their lives, robbing the families of their loved ones. as well as having to deal with their personal loss, the people have also had to wait for their town to be rebuilt. in this place more than most
along with ravaged coastline that has been marked by delays and argument. there is now some momentum. a decision at least in favor of building a sea wall. such debates have seen aid money go unspent as more than 3,000 people still live in tiny temporary houses, a term stretched beyond meaning. he is living with his nephew and also with the woman he calls the best wife in all of japan. he talks to her every day and hears her talking back. his friend the chief monk says many speak of seeing and hearing the dead here. >> translation: it is important to understand there are other forms of existence. they're here to protect us. they're guardians of our lives. >> reporter: he feels he is a guardian in turn, not just to the young families he wants to help stay here but to his wife. at 82 he wants to build her a
new marital home. >> translation: while i'm still healthy i want to say sorry for her for being in this small borrowed space. i want to say this our place. here is your room, just for her atar. this is my biggest most important goal. they learned to play the harp. sheep was much better he says. he can still hear the souped of her playing and her voice correcting him when he goes wrong time for sports news. >> reporter: thank you so much. they're into the quarter files of the european champions thanks to a four two aggregate win over chelsea. win two to one on the anight. their striker was influential creating his team's first goal. scoring the second. >> i keep is simple.
let's see what happens. if we can repeat what we did, probably we have good chance. we are still in a place where we are good. >> i think he has proved what kind of player he is. his personality, the boss in this team. they use him perfectly. physically strongment mentally strong and tactically. he is not youngest, but even on his age for football he is doing very well. >> reporter: wednesday's other games saw zenit. it was a 3 one ago regate victory. there can be few places in the world where it is more difficult to play football than greenland. arctic weather and vast distances mean just getting to a game or training session can be quite a challenge. the national side still has
ambitions to gain full f.i.f.a. membership. the financial support that comes with it. paul reece reports from greenland's capital nu, k. >> reporter: it doesn't people stop trying here. lack of stadium here is just one reason that the country is being refused membership of the world governing body f.i.f.a. the man hoping to see that change is this man who fought as a child soldier before being given asylum in denmark at age 14. three decades on he is in the dug out of the greenland's national team looking out on eye ground that few people will play on >> when i saw it first time, people are playing football here. it is not possible. nobody would come here. they will come to experience greenland they will come but not to play football. it is too risky. i wouldn't recommend it to
anybody. i would never have a country come here. >> reporter: a quick pitch inspection reveals why playing football in greenland in the winter is not possibly. even in the summer the pitch is full of these sharp little stones which mean players have to wear thick tights in order not to cut their legs. it is one of the reasons why they choose to take their passion for football inside. >> reporter: greenland is going from strength to strength with their teams taking the ongoing arctic winter games by storm. it is crucial for player development given the problems faced by 911 a side league. they are hundreds of miles apart with no roads between. national defender works in nu, k's harbour by preparing boats which is the only means of getting to matches. >> translation: in other countries you can take the train, bus or drive yourself. we can't do that here.
very often clubs cannot come to the greenland championships because it is too expensive or the weather is so bad that you can't sail. >> reporter: greenland is why they need full independence from denmark before they can hope to get f.i.f.a. ranking making politics, geography and money three opponents that they can't beat 14 time grand slam champion nadal believes maria sharapova made an innocent mistake but greece she should be punished. she tested positive for meldonium. she said he didn't know it was added to the drug list at the start of the year >> i want to believe that for sure. it is a mistake for her. she didn't want to do it, but that is negligence. so now that's the rules are like
this. it is fair. she must pay for it the man in charge of investigating doping in russian athletics say the country is racing out of time to dpeet at the olympics. they have been banned since international competition since november after a report found evidence of a state sponsored drug program. athletics govern body is said to meet on friday to discuss russia's progress. >> it looks as if there has simply been changing some of the chess pieces on the board without actually doing anything new. a lot of the usual suspects are still in place. somehow they must have convinced themselves that this would go away and without them having to do anything serious.
it's not going to go away. neither wada and the ioof are going to buy a band aid solution >> reporter: australia clinched a six victory against south africa if cape town. -- in cape town. there was an unbeaten 97. on 178 for 4 after 20 overs. the africans managed some acrobatic catches in australia's final innings. shane watson was taken but they won the series two to 1. australia and south africa will head to india in their involvement in t20. ireland in their world debut,
they scored 154 for five in the blame. in a tight chase they got the 14 runs they needed off the final over to score a famous two wicket win. the golden state warriors beat the utahs 115 to 94. it extends their regular home winning streak to 46 games. boston coasted to their home victory by beating the grizzlys. the star of the night scoring 16 of his 22 points in the third quarter. that's all your sport for now. back to you thanks very much. lots more news on our website aljazeera.com. 30 minutes coming up next. es coming up next.
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